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Mary Potter tallies record-breaking appeal By Kelly Hennessy COOK STRAIT NEWS INTERN

Mary Potter Hospice broke records this year with their annual street appeal, achieving their biggest street collection

ever. The appeal raised $87,190, the highest amount they have ever brought in during an appeal. The annual appeal was on May 20 and 21.


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Ria Earp, chief executive of Mary Potter Hospice, said she was delighted with these results. “We are truly thrilled with the amount raised and the number of collectors that were out on the streets doing their part in helping the Hospice,” she said. The record year would not have been possible without the 700 volunteers who turned out on Friday and Saturday across the city. “Without the support and dedication of a fantastic team of volunteers and generous donors right across Wellington we would not be able to provide the free quality service that we do,” Ria said. Volunteers were stationed at 170 sites across the Wellington, Porirua and Kapiti areas. The street appeal is essential to the hospice providing palliative care free of charge across Wellington. Mary Potter Hospice operates an 18-bed in-patient unit in Newtown, three community palliative care teams in Wellington, Kapiti and Porirua, and in-home care to 260 patients across the city. They serve 850 people each year. Ria was appreciative to those who turned out. “Thank you Wellington for your support.”  If you missed the street appeal, you can donate online anytime at

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Thank you! Your generosity during our street appeal raised $87,190! We’re incredibly grateful to you and to our 700 amazing volunteer collectors. These funds will help keep Hospice services free for people in Wellington, Porirua and Kāpiti who need our care. Thank you.

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